Question: What are your weaknesses as a player?
Anatoly Karpov: Weaknesses? So, I didn’t know so well
chess theory, the theory of chess openings. And so, of course I knew
the theory, but not on the level of the best players, so this was my...
this was always my weakness. But this is you know, this is weakness and
this is advantage because if I would know Chess theory so well, so
probably I would not work out this style to defend difficult positions
because from my childhood I could receive difficult positions against
even weaker players, but okay nothing happened, so I was continuing to
fight. And so this is weakness, this is positive thing, but still more
this is weakness. It is better to know Chess Theory and not to get in
difficult positions from the beginning.
Question: Why didn’t you study chess openings?
Anatoly Karpov: So, it was boring to study this, so
people consider that it is boring to study end games, but for me it was
more boring to study openings and then also I didn’t want to play when I
know everything till almost 25 or 30. I wanted to create something over
Recorded on May 17, 2010
Interviewed by Paul Hoffman